Messianic Conflicts – Easter – Passover

  • About at the same time when is being celebrated the holiday of Passover, Christians are celebrating the Easter festival.
  • The Torah and the holiday of Passover is filled with many divine secrets including the secret of the Messiah.
  • The connection of Jesus as the Messiah through resurrection connects Jesus to Adam who was created from the dust without sin.

About at the same time when is being celebrated the holiday of Passover, Christians are celebrating the Easter festival.  Passover is the time when the Jewish people exited the land of Egypt where they had been slaves for 210 years.  The redemption of the Jewish people from Egypt began when Moses while doing his work as a shepherd witnessed a bush which was burning with a fire which would not extinquish called in Genesis 2:4 “the burning bush.”  God identified himself to Moses at the burning bush and gave him the news that he had been chosen to deliver the Jewish people from their bondage.  Moses was reluctant to accept this job, but God encouraged him by telling him that he would help him and give him guidance.  He also gave to Moses his brother to be his assistant in this mission.

Jews were delivered from bondage through ten plagues and on the evening of Passover during the tenth plague the smiting of the first born the children of Israel were finally released permanently by Pharoah the king of Egypt.  The Jewish people were told to sacrifice a lamb and smear the blood of the Paschal Lamb on the doorposts during the plague of the smiting of the first born of Egypt. The sacrifice of the Pascal lamb became for the Jewish people a holy ritual each year before the holiday of Passover. Today without the temple, it is not possible to sacrifice the Pascal Lamb in its place in Jerusalem. The Jews are mourning the destruction of their holy temple.

On the evening of Passover, the Jewish people get together in all places in the world to celebrate their holiday through making a Seder or Passover meal celebration.  At the Seder is read portions from scripture discussing the Exodus of Egypt.  The children at the Seder are encouraged to ask questions to their elders about their religion and its customs.  Traditionally is recited by the youngest child of the family the four questions which are written in the Seder Manual called the Hagada.  The Hagada stressing education of the children discusses four types of children and their relationship to the Seder and Jewish religion.  These four types of children are the wise son, the wicked son, the less intelligent simple son, and the son who doesn’t know how to ask or is embarrassed to ask questions.  The Seder and Jewish religion should have a place for each of these children even for the wicked child.

The picture is of Matza unleavened bread which Jews eat exclusively on Passover.  It is also written that Jesus broke the bread at the Last Supper which most probably was Matza. Today Easter Sunday is a dark day in Sri Lanka where churches and hotels were bombed by terrorists.

After telling the story of the Exodus of Egypt from various scriptural sources begins the custom of eating the Matza or unleavened bread, the maror or bitter herb, and the Pascal lamb which can only be done symbolically since there is no holy temple for sacrifice.  During the times of the temple, the family would enjoy the eating of the Pascal Lamb at the end of the meal.  The Matza or unleavened bread was eaten by the Jewish people when they left Egypt since they had no time to bake leavened bread.  The Maror or bitter herb represents the bitterness and oppression of slavery.  Although not written as an obligation in the Torah, there was instituted a custom at the Sedar night to drink four cups of wine representing the four languages of redemption mentioned in the Torah.  The drinking of the four cups of wine is to emphasize the importance of joy and love in life and religion not just fear and obligation. Passover is called the holiday of redemption and freedom.

The Torah mentions freedom from Egypt fifty times in the Torah.  After Passover is counted fifty days until the holiday of Shevuot weeks celebrating the day the Torah was given at Mount Sinai on this day.  In the time of the temple was brought for forty nine days a wheat offering which was waved up to heaven by the Priest in the temple.  On Shevuos was prepared specially twelve loaves of bread made from the new wheats of each year and placed on the table in the tabernacle.

The Torah and the holiday of Passover is filled with many divine secrets including the secret of the Messiah. Moses even though he was the messenger of God in the deliverance of the Jewish people from Egypt in Judaism is not called the Messiah.  He is sometimes called the first redeemer, and also called the last redeemer.  The sages removed Moses as a Godhead from Judaism when they prepared and gave to the Jewish people the Law of Moses which became their religion. Moses is called in one place an angel, and at the end of the Torah is called a servant of God.  In the middle of the Book of Numbers Moses is praised as being the humblest of all men. At the end of the Torah it says that there will never be another prophet like Moses in Israel.

Judaism which begins with a Messianic story of Exodus is not a Messianic religion.  When Judaism relates to the Messiah it is in reference to the strengthening of Judaism and building of the holy temple and Jerusalem as in the days of old.  In those days Judaism was not a Messianic religion. The Nation of Israel had a King but not as a Godhead. The High Priest was allowed to enter the Holy of Holies in the temple on the holiday of Yom Kippur.  The High Priest was a married man with no less than two wives.  The King was allowed up to eighteen wives.  In Judaism there is no place for a Godhead, a celibate.  There were prophets honored in the Nation of Israel but not as a Godhead.

Since Moses is remembered as the greatest of all prophets in the Torah, there can never be a prophet to replace Moses or change the Torah of Moses.  Moses is not the Messiah in Judaism.  The purpose of the coming of the Messiah in Judaism is not to make a new religion but to strengthen the religion of Moses.  There is no place in the Jewish religion for a Godhead. A religion which has a Godhead who is revered like God cannot be Judaism.  Therefore when came on the evening of Passover at the time of the Passover meal the event of Crucification of Jesus, the memory of Jesus as a prophet and the messiah had to become part of a new religion.  Judaism already had rejected Moses as the Messiah.  It could not accept Jesus which would already destroy and uproot the foundation of Judaism.

At the Passover Meal celebration is recited “Each person is obligated to feel as if today he is going out of Egypt.”  There is always the need for the Messiah to come.  This need for the Messiah to come created Christianity but it could not be included in Judaism.  Already Judaism had rejected Moses as their Messiah and Godhead.  There are Messianic conflicts in Judaism.  There is the need for the Messiah for two purposes and redemptions which are for the nation and strengthening of the religion, and for the discovery of spiritual freedom.  Judaism according to Jewish law can only accept the Messiah for the strengthening of the nation and its lineage as the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  The Messiah which is connected to the discovery of spiritual freedom does not even have to be Jewish but Jesus was Jewish.  The redemption brought through Jesus came for all mankind the children of Adam.  Connecting Jesus to lineage from the house of David destroys his purpose and destroys the foundations of Judaism as the Law of Moses.  By connecting Jesus to the house of David the house of Jewish Kings made the conflict between Judaism and Christianity. The connection of Jesus as the Messiah through resurrection connects Jesus to Adam who was created from the dust without sin.  All other men except Adam were created from the unity of a drop of semen in the egg of a woman, natural birth. Jesus is called by Mathew the son of man.  Resurrection elevates man to the level of the son of God, like Adam born from the breath of God.

The Zohar the book of splendor also called Tikunei Zohar “the light of correction” solves the Messianic conflict of Easter and Passover through the anointment of two Messiahs. According to the Zohar there cannot be one Messiah for two purposes; it doesn’t work.  Therefore there had to become two religions Judaism and Christianity. Judaism came first and exists separate from Christianity.  Christianity gave a Godhead for the world the children of Adam with the blessing of spiritual freedom.  The Jews and Muslims the children of Abraham have still have not accepted Jesus the Messiah and the blessing of spiritual freedom.  They prefer to be servants of God and work for the perfection of their nations.  The question remains Do they want war or peace? If they want peace and an end to war all they have to do is unite with Elijah the prophet whose goal is peace like it says about the coming of Elijah in the end of times, “he has not come for religion but for the sake of peace.”  Elijah who is Pincus was once a warrior for the nation of Israel, today he has changed his direction to unite with the Messiah of Peace.  Elijah lives forever; Jesus lives forever, Moses lives forever, Mohammed lives forever.  In death there is darkness. The light is in the belief in eternal life.

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David Wexelman

Rabbi David Wexelman is the  author of five books on the topics of World Unity and Peace, and Progressive Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Wexelman is a member of the American Friends of Maccabee, a charitable organization helping the poor in the United States and in Israel.  Donations are tax deductible in the USA.

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